Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Catching up

Did you ever seem to have so much going on that you felt like you couldn't do one more thing? I've felt like a one-armed paperhanger these past few weeks; finally things are getting back to normal.

My daughter Jenny and her husband Randy are expecting their first baby in July. They had a baby reveal party a couple weekends ago. Have you heard about these? I don't read mommy blogs, so it was new to me. They organized a Saturday lunch and had a cake baked for the dessert.

The frosting between the two layers was to be tinted either pink (for a girl baby) or blue (for a boy). Everyone invited to the party was asked to wear either a pink or blue shirt; the color depended on what you were hoping the baby would be. The verdict? It's a girl!

Poor little Max. At 17 months old, he could care less; but I'm sure someday he'll wish he had a boy cousin.

My cousin Cathy and I got an invitation to spend a weekend with Cousin Audrey. Her husband was going to be out of town, and she invited us for a sewing weekend. Cathy had plans to travel to Italy for a 3-week vacation, so she wasn't able to join us. I was treated like royalty; Cathy, you missed a great weekend! I slept in 'the gramma room' which was full of Audrey's beautiful 30's fabric quilts. She bought me my own coffee mug (red with white dots!!), and even had a small dish of candy next to the bed.

We spent a lot of time sewing for an upcoming retreat, and I also got to work on the basket blocks for the quilt I'm making with the last of Mom's fabric stash. Did I say I thought I needed 300 blocks? I may have to rethink this!

And I finally got to meet and get to know this little bundle of goodness. This is Aubrey Faith who was born the week of Christmas to our Canadians - Mandy and Shane. They were home for the past week. It was so nice to come home from work and just hold this little sweetheart.

I am way behind on my sewing. Evenings have been spent in the living room with Larry and catching up on stitching. I'll be posting soon with some of the projects I'm working on.

The Hop To It blocks that Sue, Melanie, and I are making will be shown the last day of each month. Our first reveal will be next week. I have figured out I'm the weak link in this chain as I still have a lot of work to do on my block. Please check back and see how this all turns out.

And because I showed pictures of two of our grandbabies, I felt I should show you Natalie, too. This is her back-to-preschool picture from September. I think they are all so precious, and I can't wait to meet Miss #4!


Melanie said...

You're B A C K!!!!!! Oh the blessings in your life! Gorgeous babies.....Hey - You and I bloth know you'll be making 300 blocks of something--so it might as well be the cutie basket bloacks.... have fun...

Unknown said...

Such beautiful grandchildren Mary. You're so blessed! And I can't believe how big little Miss Aubrey is, my goodness!


Linda said...

Darling photos! Love the basket blocks. 300??? Enjoy!

Sue said...

Mary, it's so nice to see a blog post from you again. We've all been missing you in blogger-ville.

Your photos of your little ones are so sweet and precious. How wonderful to be a granny:) I look forward to that day.

Your basket blocks are nice. This will be such a special quilt.

Well, I can't wait to see your block. I've been sick for over a week so not much done here on my end.

Enjoy your evening.

Elizabethd said...

Lovely to see you today.
Your grandchildren are just lovely, you must be so excited waiting for the next one!

Anneke said...

Wow, your grandkids are sweet!! And how exciting to know it's a girl to be born in July. Hope mommy is doing well.

I'm curious about the blocks, so I'll be back. Good luck making them.

Linda Stubbs said...

Good morning,
Love it when I see your name.......Neat & Tidy........something I am definitely NOT! Smile. I loe all your adorable grandchildren........aren't they the best. I have some coming out tonight to work on the tree fort again this weekend. Love it. So excited for you new one.

That basket square is going to be something very special I am sure. Anything your hands touch........ turns to beauty!

My momma is doing well. I think of yours day Mary we will have eternity to sit and talk together with our Mommas!!! Oh how I hope we get to stitch.

Angela {fussycut} said...

what a fun party they had! and your grandkids are so precious.

I will miss sewing with you all this weekend! Have fun! :)

Barb said...

So much sweetness in your blog entry...and you have been missed! Happy to see your update! You have been a busy gal...but a fun kind of busy I am sure! Blessings to you friend from my part of PA!

Donna said...

Glad you are back! I love the idea of the party to reveal the sex of the baby! You have gorgeous grandbabies!
Your basket blocks are adorable but I can't imagine 300!!
I want to make the Hop To It quilt but no time just yet! You all are motivating me!

Karen Sue said...

When I stopped at church to pick up Jenna's food Tuesday, I saw this little girl at preschool!! Such a cute grin!

Linda said...

Love the grand babies...they are all so are truley blessed! 300 blocks! Seems like everyone is so busy out here in blogland...Springtime I guess...lots to do! Enjoy!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Hi Mary!!! Miss you! I haven't been blogging much lately and it sounds like maybe you haven't been either? Congrats on the new upcoming grandbaby - that's exciting! Hope you're doing well and I'm thinking about you ~ ♥

Gumbo Lily said...

Sweet grandbabies.
Blessed are you.


Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

What beautiful grandbabies you have! I have not heard of a baby reveal party. That sounds like a lot of fun and a neat way to present the baby.